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SS Great Britain

Courtesy A. Turner



  • Every Passenger to rise at 7 a.m. unless otherwise permitted by the SURGEON.
  • Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m., Dinner at 1 p.m., Supper at 6 p.m.
  • The Passengers to be in their beds at 10 p.m.

  • Fires to be lighted by the Passenger's Cook at 7 a.m. & kept alight by him till 7 p.m. then to be extinguished, unless otherwise directed by the MASTER, or required for the use of the sick.
  • Three Safety Lamps to be lit at dusk; one to be kept burning all night in the main hatchway, the two others may be extinguished at 10 p.m.
  • No naked lights allowed at any time, or on any account.

  • The Passengers, when dressed to roll up their beds, to sweep the decks, (including the space under the bottom of the berths) & to throw the dirt overboard.
  • Breakfast not to commence till this is done.
  • The sweepers for the day to be taken in rotation from the males above 14, in the proportion of five for every one hundred passengers.
  • Duties of the sweepers to be to clean the Ladders, Hospital & Dining Rooms, to sweep after every meal, & to dryholystone ["soft stone used for scrubbing decks of ships for Sunday cleaning" Webster] and scrape them after breakfast.
  • But the occupant of each berth to see his own berth is well brushed out; and single women are to keep their own compartment clean.
  • The beds to be well shaken and aired on deck.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays are appointed as washing days, but no clothes are to be washed or dried between decks.
  • The Coppers & Cooking Vessels to be cleaned every day.

  • The Scuttles & Stern Ports to be kept open (weather permitting0 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Hatches at all times.
  • [actually numbered 19] On Sunday the Passengers to muster at 10 a.m. when they will be expected to appear in clean and decent apparel. The day to be observed as religiously as circumstances will admit.

  • No Spirits or Gunpowder to be brought on board by any passenger. Any that may be discovered will be taken into custody of the Master till the expiration of the voyage.
  • No loose hay or straw allowed below.
  • All gambling, fighting, riotous behaviour or quarrelsome behaviour, swearing, & violent language to be at once put a stop to. Swords and other offensive weapons, as soon as the passengers embark, to be placed in the custody of the Master.
  • No sailors to remain on the passenger deck among the passengers except on duty.
  • No passenger to go to the Ship's Cookhouse without special permission from the Master, nor to remain in the forecastle among the sailors on any account.


    (Based upon an abstract of the QUEEN'S ORDER in COUNCIL, of the 6th. October, 1849 for preserving order and securing Cleanliness and Ventilation on board of "Passenger Ships" proceeding from the UNITED KINGDOM to any of HER MAJESTY'S Possessions abroad).

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